Davina McCall says her beloved dad has died and will leave 'enormous hole'

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Davina McCall's dad has died. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Davina McCall's dad has died. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Davina McCall has penned a moving tribute after her dad died following a battle with Alzheimer's.

The TV star, 54, said her father Andrew passed away on Monday (28 February) and that it would leave an "enormous hole" in her life.

Sharing a picture of the pair of them together, she told her fans on Instagram: "My Dad, Andrew, died on Monday night.

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"He took a turn for the worse on Sunday but thankfully he wasn’t in pain.

"He was peaceful. I'm so grateful for that, and that we could be with him. He was the best Dad I could ever wish for."

Former Big Brother host McCall said that she and her sister Caroline - who died of cancer in 2012 - "hit the jackpot" when it came to their father.

She said: "He always made time for us, opened his (and my amazing mumma's) house to all our friends, temporarily adopted mates of mine that needed help.

"He was a facilitator, always helping people with intros … he knew EVERYBODY. And they ALL loved him!

"I can’t imagine how many careers and businesses were started because of him."

"The word legend has been used many times to describe my Dad," she went on.

"He was a bon vivante, loved life, positive to the very end… 'It just works' was one of the last phrases he was able to say as Alzheimer’s robbed him of the power of speech.

TV presenter Davina McCall at the start line for Olympic diver Tom Daley's bike ride from the Tower of London during his Comic Relief challenge, a gruelling journey from London Aquatic Centre in Stratford, east London, where he won his first Olympic medal in 2012, to his home town of Plymouth. Picture date: Monday February 14, 2022.
Davina McCall said her dad was a 'legend'. (PA)

"He lived life. He loved us. And we loved him. With all our hearts."

"He leaves an enormous hole in our lives," she added.

Many of McCall's fans and celebrity friends sent their condolences after she shared her sad news.

Presenter Fearne Cotton wrote: "I love you my friend. Prayers and love to you Dav. Here for you."

Fashion entrepreneur Tamara Mellon posted: "So sorry Davina. I remember your dad very well. He was always warm and welcoming."

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"So sorry for you and all the family Davina," said comedian John Bishop. "I know how much you loved him."

McCall's mother Florence passed away in 2008.

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